Friday, August 31, 2012

Mastermindz Of Dubstep EP Vol 1 - MDR001

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yes yes... jumping in early on this one...

Masterdub Recordings is a new imprint on the scene that has set it's sights on releasing only top-notch Dubstep riddims... the type of riddims that we at Dontsleep wish there were more of. it can be a bit disconcerting wading through the massive amounts of Dubstep releases only to come to the realization that a large majority of  them are missing their most crucial element.... their soul. on the one hand lfo gymnastics can be very impressive, but at the end of the day... it's more about the mood that is evoked than anything else.... 

Mastermindz of Dubstep Vol 1 features a diverse selection of beats from some of the most well respected producers in the game. An instant classic... "Bad Mind" by none other than Kromestar, kicks things off featuring MC Crazy D on the hook..."snake in the grass my enemies will crawl"... before crescendoing into an undeniable banger. Chef and Blusey's "Children of the Night" is a sub intensive number whose growling bass rears it's head between haunting landscapes and faint screams. "Roaring Lion" produced by EL-B, who is no-doubt one of the earliest innovators of the genre, switches things up with a lovely reggae influenced vocal number, all while giving a nod to the classic sounds of early Dubstep. Itchy Robot's "Straight Up Gangstar"  represents a more lead-synth driven type of Dubstep track, which leans more towards the style of a Hench or Gangoon Dubz crew sound. Closing things out, is Dj Enme's, "The Way It Is In London" featuring Nadia S. on vocals... a track thats been doing the rounds, and been receiving a lot of praise for some time now... yeah big up!!..

Mastermindz of Dubstep definitely gets a strong endorsement... it's a well-crafted release that touches on the different styles of an ever-growing genre... a genre that I hope continues to broaden it's scope, where different styles can all coexist together...  

You can cop this on vinyl and digital at any number of online stores on September 9th!!



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Thursday, August 23, 2012

SINE002: Subverse - Kanvas



Back in June we reviewed the premier digital release on the UK label Vital Sines from Kanvas. It's always exciting to see new labels sprouting up and to watch them progress. Ideally each new release raises the bar on the last or at the very least maintains a continuity of sonic pressure. In this follow up single to June's Blueprint EP, Kanvas has managed a little bit of both. The 'format' of these tracks remains largely the same: an intensely pleasurable combination of bouncing beats and mellifluous atmospherics that neatly steps around the well-worn patterns of UK Garage, inserting elements of Dubstep and Jungle to generate something at once nostalgic and forward-leaning. "Subverse" builds on this previous example by taking the sound into a somewhat darker, hard-hitting vein. Although there is no breakbeat to speak of, some of the Jungle influence in this track is present in the relentless swelling bass line, short-echo snare frills and signature vocal sample. "Bosco Verticale" on the other hand leans more towards Techno and balances out the rougher strains of "Subverse" with a twinkling spaciousness. The name for this track appears to be taken from a "green" architecture project of Milan, Italy, which promises tree-sized balcony planters on each of the towers' 27 floors. Check for this release in digital shops tomorrow and keep stacking that "bosco verticale".


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

First City Mob Podcast - Episode #21

First City Mob Podcast - Episode #21

Max Echo and Bookz at it again. Summer Jam session in effect...
Winding down the summer with a special selection of beats for your feet.
Max Echo opens things up on a House / Funky tip working his way up to some 140 bizness, with Bookz riding things out on a Dubstep and Grime flex....

Episode #21 features tracks from Cardopusher, Guessbeats x Kidmalone, Don Perignon, Buzzin10, Jack Dixon, Canvas, Jack Sparrow, Distance, YKK, Caspa, Badklaat, Nokwell, Lost, Preditah, Enme, Requake, Youngman and many more....


As always be sure to subscribe on Itunes...

you can also download it directly from the Soundcloud player below...




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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

GOLDIE @ SULLIVAN ROOM 8/10



IT'S GOLDIE SON!!~ THIS FRIDAY KONKRETE JUNGLE GETS ILL AT SULLIVAN ROOM- STRICTLY HARDCORE JUNGLIST>DO NOT MISS!


KONKRETE JUNGLE & SULLIVAN ROOM present
GOLDIE (Metalheadz | UK)
August 10th, 2012 10:00pm to 4:00AM

Sullivan Room
218 Sullivan Street
Between Bleecker Street & West 3rd
New York, NY

21+, $20 advanced tickets, $25 at the door

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GOLDIE (Metalheadz |UK)
DAVE SHICHMAN (Direct Drive, Driven AM, NYC)
CHRISTOPHER ROSS (
AB3 (Saving Bass, NYC)
Micah Chockley (Konkrete Jungle OG, Direct Drive, Knoxville Soundsystem)
Hosted by MC T.R.A.C. (Konkrete Jungle OG, B.B.E., Telluric Records)

Inquiries & mailing list:
http://www.konkretejungle.com/
http://www.sullivanroom.com/
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Monday, August 6, 2012

East VS West EP - ManVSMachine



new in shops this week is the East VS West EP out on ManVSMachine... which outside of First City Records is one of the few (if not only) U.S. label which consistently reps Grime music as a whole. ManVSMachine as a label, launched in 2009 and was founded in the Bay Area, California.  It has released strong Grime instrumentals from The One, and MBZ... two artists currently signed to it's label. But in addition to being a label, ManVSMachine is also a production crew which consists of The One, MBZ, Nokwell, and N8....

The East VS West EP pairs tracks by First City's own Mad Scientist and Bookz with ManVSMachine artists The One and Nokwell. It's an EP that has been in the making for some time, and showcases the varying styles of U.S. Grime between the different coasts and city's they represent... 

- "What happens when 2 of america's leading Grime labels collaborate?? You get the only crews in the USA that rep Grime music.....the East Coast bangers of Mad Scientist and Bookz of First City, and the West Coast bass of Nokwell and The One on one EP!!" - ManVSMachine

Available at all good digital stores.... 
Itunes, Beatport, Juno and many more.... 

Look for other ManVSMachine releases coming soon... more bangers to come...



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